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The Divine and the Cursed: A Fae Fantasy Romance (Fae of Alastríona Book 1)

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I don’t know where to begin with how good this book is the world building and the traveling that happened went smooth. From everything being terribly plot convenient, to there being no stakes at all in any point of the book because everything happened in the most predictable way.

It's just I enjoyed this as an audiobook, which I received from the author directly, and I didn't really have a lot of time with everything going on in my life to sit down and listen to the book. I can suspend my belief for a story, but particles of sand ripping off body parts just felt like a lot, and so did the level of fear associated with his magic, which seems perfectly natural and in line with his people. In some ways, the dynamic and the immeasurably melodramatic love they felt for each other, reminded me a lot of Twilight's Edward and Bella with their histrionic speeches.It's not that I mind, it was actually sweet that this was closed-door and very metaphorical as it ties into how these characters are dealing emotionally.

It's not the crying and fainting that's the issue - feel your feelings girl, they are absolutely valid - it's just that they felt like plot drivers rather than representative of actual emotion. I found the first third of the book to be a bit of a slog; not because of the story itself but rather because I was kind of waiting for the pin to drop if you know what I mean.I was beyond excited and ready to close myself in my bat cave so I could enjoy it, but unfortunately life had other plans so it took me 3 days to finish it! It doesn’t feel like they have a gradual falling in love either, the switch just flips without her knowing THAT much about him (cause he doesn’t really talk) and that was hard to swallow. e. the word 'shuttering', meaning 'closing', being used in place of the word 'shuddering', meaning 'trembling' in every single instance I found in the book).

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